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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 200
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Series 200

N997SA (2) • CF-AIY • C-FAIY • HH-AIY • 1277


• Registration • Activity and details of Owner/Operator and other historical information

• N997SA (2) de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out 17-Nov-1968. First flight 27-Nov-1968.

• N997SA (2) MAC - Miami Aviation Corporation, Opa Locka, FL Opa Locka FL. Delivered 10-Dec-1968.

• N997SA (2) Allegheny Leasing & Financial Corporation, Pittsburgh, PN 10-Dec-1968.

• N997SA (2)  Leased to Sun Airlines, St Louis, MO. Regd 10-Dec-1968.

• N997SA (2) North Air, Fairbanks, AK. Regd Jul-1969.

• CF-AIY Midwest Airlines, Winnipeg, MB. Regd 23-Jun-1971.

• C-FAIY Midwest Airlines, Winnipeg MB. Regd date unknown.

• C-FAIY Perimeter Aviation, Winnipeg,, MB. Regd Jub-1976.

• C-FAIY Collair - Collingwood Air Services, Collingwood. ON. Regd 29-May-1979.

• C-FAIY Haiti Air Inter, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Regd 12-Apr-1980.

• HH-AIY Haiti Air Inter, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Regd 30-Apr-1980.

• 1277 Transferred to Haiti Air Force, in 1984.

Note: Seen at Anchorage in Mar 1984 wearing both Serial 1277 and regn HH-AIY.

• 1277 Reported as sold in 1988.

• N838MA Maxfly Aviation, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Regd 15-May-1995.

• N838MA Joda Partnership, Town & Country, MO. Regd 15-May-1995.

• N838MA CCA Financial Services, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Regd 08-Apr-1998.  Operated by Carib Air Cargo, Lantana, FL. Canx 21-Mar-2000.

Total hours 16,659 at Apr-1999

Accident: Palm Beach County Airport in Lantana, Florida, 05-Apr-1999.  On April 5,1999, at 09:45 eastern daylight time, a DeHavilland DHC-6-200, N838MA, collided with the ground during a single-engine go-around to runway 15 at the Palm Beach County Airport in Lantana, Florida. The non-scheduled air taxi flight was operated by Carib-Air Cargo Inc., under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 135 with a visual flight rules flight plan filed. Visual weather conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The commercial pilot and four passengers were not injured, and five passengers received minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight departed Lantana, Florida, at 09:42. The pilot reported that prior to takeoff, he completed a preflight inspection of the airplane that included checking the engine oil quantity. After the oil levels were checked it was determined that additional engine oil was needed. The line personnel topped off the oil reservoirs, and reportedly secured the engine oil reservoir filler caps. The pilot also stated that he rechecked the oil cap after the oil was added and no one else touched the oil caps before the flight departed.

According to the pilot, approximately two minutes into the flight, the right engine oil pressure warning light illuminated. The pilot informed Palm Beach Approach Control of the engine oil pressure problem. The pilot shut down the right engine, feathered the right propeller and returned to Lantana. As the flight approached runway 03, the pilot heard a radio transmission from another airplane taxiing for takeoff. As the pilot continued the approach, with full flaps extended, he elected to go-around 1,500 feet from the approach end of the 3000-foot runway. The airplane collided with the ground during the go-around maneuver to runway 15. The pilot said he never saw the other airplane on runway 03 during his initial approach.

An examination of the crash site revealed that the airplane was in a nose low attitude. The airplane was orientated 180 degrees from the departure heading. The examination of the airplane also disclosed that the left wing assembly separated from the rear attach point. The airplane examination revealed that the right propeller was in the feather position.The nose was also destroyed, the nose wheel separated from the airplane. The wreckage examination also disclosed that the right cowling showed oil streaming back from behind the engine and onto the wing strut. Inspection of the oil filler cap revealed that it had not been properly installed. NTSB report ATL99LA067.

Written off

N997SA in SUN AIRLINES livery.
Photo: J. Roger Bentley © February 1969 - Jay Sherlock Collection
Photo: Unknown photographer © date unknown - Michael J. Ody Collection
CF-AIY in MIDWEST titles.
Photo: Unknown photographer © September 1975 - Erik Johannesson Collection
C-FAIY in COLLAIR COMMUTER livery at Toronto - CYYZ.
Photo: Unknown photographer © November 1974 - Michael J. Ody Collection
(HH-AIY) unmarked for Haiti Air Inter.
Photo: Nigel Chalcraft © April 1980 - Michael J. Ody Collection
HH-AIY / 1277 showing dual markings.
Photo: Unknown photographer © date unknown - Michael J. Ody Collection
N838MA still with Haitian Military markings at Fort Lauderdale Executive - KFXE, Florida.
Photo: Michael J. Ody © May 1996
N838MA almost all back together again.
Photo: Kenneth I. Swartz © 19 December 1996 - Aird Archives